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Sir Francis Drake Paperback – May 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone Books; Reprint edition (May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671758632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671758639
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

No armchair admiral will want to miss this lively portrait of a man who circumnavigated the globe, became the naval nemesis of Spain's Philip II and personified Elizabethan England's coming of age as a sea power. Illustrated.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"* 'Excellent...It deserves to become the standard Drake life. His scholarship is impeccable.' - Frank McLynn, Sunday Telegraph * 'Excellent...he gives us throughout a highly sympathetic though not unbalanced portrait of a remarkable man.' - Linda Colley * 'The scope of his book, and the skill with which he handles generally unreliable sources, is impressive...The accounts of the circumnavigation, the attack on Cadiz and the defeat of the Armada are a comprehensive, and as readable, as any that have yet appeared.' - Brendan King, Literary Review" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By john D. Sanders on January 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I thought this was a fairly easy read, chocked full of well reasearched facts. However when hard documentation was not available, well argued reasoning is injected to make the intended point. I've read many treatments on Drake and find this to be the most definative.
While there are many missing pieces to Drakes life, the author really gives a good picture of the man and his times without putting him on a pedestal or dragging him through the mud as many authors try. In other words this book is not based on just trying to get another "ANGLE" to Drakes story.
I think you be pleased you read it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Brown on April 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
The author has a healthy respect for Drake without becoming too enamored. The author points out at near the end of the book that Drake was the right man at the right time. On Drake's later expeditions (that were failures) the Spanish had fortified their holdings in the new world to a point that made it more difficult for privateers. This, however, does not detract from Drake's earlier success which would not have been accomplished by men of lesser genius.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Schwibbogen on March 29, 2010
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This was an exceptionally well written account of one of the greatest sailors in history. One sees the man, not just the captain. The information presented is very well researched and as complete as could ever be expected with the spotty records available.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David A. Grant on July 2, 2011
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Very well done -- excellent historical background as well. Portions of Drake's log are invoked regularly and are very useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phil on August 6, 2014
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This outstanding biography is an enjoyable way to review 16th century history as the author draws a balanced portrait of the life of a national hero in the light of his times, and reviews scholarship since and as a result I am now a fan of Sir Francis Drake and will place him in my hall of fame of this world's outstanding leaders, explorers and inspirations. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jim krisky on January 31, 2014
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Better then I expected. Written with a awareness of the human interest for this great man. Extensively researched
and presented. Enjoyable and informative historical novel. I highly reccomend this book to all
history enthusists.
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